Murder by Gaslight in Victorian Bradford
- Mark Davis
15th November 2013
The mass migration of folk from the countryside to Bradford at the height of the Industrial Revolution resulted in large numbers of people existing in abject poverty, as thousands were housed in filthy and overcrowded rooms and cellar dwellings. For many, an escape from these conditions was a few hours in the public house, where alcohol and trouble flowed freely. The proverbial 'demon drink' was to fuel much of Victorian crime in the borough, including the most heinous of all - murder. Murder by Gaslight in Victorian Bradford is a fascinating insight into how demoralising and harsh life was for those living and working in this industrial boom town during a period of rapid growth (1857 - 97). Contemporary newspaper accounts were incredibly detailed and graphic in their content. Embark on a trip back in crime to see the lives of people who have quite literally slipped into obscurity. For the most part, their only memorial was an overgrown and unmarked grave, until now.